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Special Issue "Tourism for a Sustainable Future"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2019).
Today, the need for sustainable tourism practices is very important for the whole tourism system. Many research scholars and practitioners have pointed out that the successful path to a sustainable tourism model is an integrated approach that includes local planners, communities, destination marketers, and tourism providers, and not only the involved parts of the core tourism system. UNESCO and landmark international events such the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.
The “green economy” is one of the pillars that are related to the sustainability of the tourism industry. The other important aspects and pillars are related to managing the assets and demand aspects, educating and involving B2B and households, marketing mix strategies, cost–benefit relations, social accounting indicators, involvement policies of the local community, adding skilled staff resources, and quality employment options. Contributors from the “Tourism for a Sustainable Future” conference meeting held at Rio (Rio+20 event, at 20 June 2012) agreed that tourism can make a significant contribution to the three pillars of sustainable development—economic, social/cultural, and environmental. Social/cultural, economic, and environmental, otherwise known as “people, planet, and profit” aspects, should be the priority of well-designed sustainable and heritage oriented policies. Long range planning needs the cooperation of the two basic parts, for example, visitors–tourists and local community representatives, so that both can profit through tourism. Sustainable tourism, however, can provide value (jobs, income, and sustaining the cultural and environmental heritage) to the local community (by improving living standards) and the local tourism industry, with a low impact on the important tourism sociocultural aspects of the industrial environment.
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Zofani, S.; Sedaghat, M.; Maknoon, R.; Zavadskas, EK. Sustainable tourism: a comprehensive literature review on frameworks and applications. Econ. Res. Ekonomska Istraživanja, 2015, 28, 1–32.
Prof. Dr. Chris A. Vassiliadis
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- Sustainable tourism innovative practices
- Destination development
- Hospitality management
- Tourism sustainability
- Three pillars